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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions....
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NHTSA orders Takata to produce documents related to airbag probe

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Federal safety regulators today ordered Japanese supplier Takata to provide documents and answer questions under oath related to the government's ongoing probe of potentially defective Takata airbags in millions of vehicles....
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Lawyers urge U.S. judge to move quickly in Takata airbags case

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Lawyers for consumers in the United States asked a federal judge in Miami today to speed up a class action lawsuit against Japanese auto parts maker Takata and four automakers, saying that public safety was at stake over defective airbags....
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Ford recalls 204,448 Ford and Lincoln crossovers for fire hazard

10:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ford said it will conduct a regional recall of 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles to correct an issue that could cause a fire. The 2007-2008 models have fuel tank reinforcement brackets that could become corroded, which in turn could result in a fuel leak and a possible fire, Ford said today....
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Tesla car owners get exemption from $12,000 Shanghai plates

6:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Tesla car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate....
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Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now....
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U.S. safety regulators probe Chrysler process on Ram pickup recalls

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation of Chrysler Group's handling of two recalls for potential steering issues affecting nearly 1 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the United States....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM's ignition switch rise to 30

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A program to compensate victims of mishaps caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors' vehicles has approved one new death claim, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the switch so far to 30, according to a report released today....
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'No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate'

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The emerging crisis over airbags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and GM....
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Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed....
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KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls....
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NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that federal regulators haven't done enough to protect consumers from such dangers. Perhaps more unnerving to those consumers, the problem doesn't yet appear to be contained....
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NHTSA in line for cultural overhaul after airbag meltdown

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The agency that botched a campaign to publicize a potentially lethal Takata airbag defect affecting 7.8 million U.S. cars is reviewing its safety culture, according to a senior Obama administration official....
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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car....
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NHTSA's botched airbag recall leaves car owners in dark

6:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
NHTSA botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal airbag defect, directing 8 million consumers to an inoperable website and leaving millions of others unsure as to whether their cars were even at risk....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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EU will allow car emissions into carbon trading market

Oct. 23, 2014 13:55 CET
The European Union will make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S. House oversight committee calling for a review of the recalls....
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Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months....
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NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Auto safety regulators, for the second time late Tuesday, expanded their warning to owners of vehicles recalled for defective Takata airbags, urging them to get the airbags replaced. But the federal website created to help consumers to verify whether their vehicle has been recalled was unavailable for most of the day, and was still down as of mid-morning Wednesday....
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Takata, wrestling with airbag recall, sees shares take 23% plunge

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Takata shares plunged by a record in Tokyo trading after Toyota advised U.S. owners of its cars to seat passengers in the back amid reports of metal shrapnel being propelled from inside faulty airbags....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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